GWRRA Wingin' It
"Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge"
|Joke of the Month|
"Years ago I was talking to an old timer about my debts and how worrisome they can be; and he replied,
Son, I always found there was really no point in 2 people worrying about the same debt....!"
(Remember to send me your best, CLEAN joke.)
Bill Mills , Victoria, BC, Canada
|Inspirational Quotes |
"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent."
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."
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GWRRA New Officer
We wish to congratulate all the New International Officers
below on their appointments!
Jere & Linda Goodman
International Deputy Director
Dave & Gwen Carter
International Deputy Director
Jim & Nan Hall
International Directors of Motorist Awareness
Tennessee Trivia Feature
Let's see how much you know about Knoxville this month.
1-Name a very famous actor, movie director who was born in Knoxville?
2-The largest known bronze statue (13') of an African American is located in Knoxville. Who is it?
(Answers to be found in the coupon block below.)
|Your Opinion Matters!
Remember to check out GWRRA's Homepage at www.GWRRA.org to let us know your opinion of a variety of subjects in our polls.
Over the next few months, we are going to be asking you questions about your riding style and your type of ride. What do you ride?"
>Gold Wing Motorcycle
>Gold Wing Trike conversion
>Other Bike Trike conversion
We always have a current GWRRA topic. To let us know your opinion, check it out here!
When you receive your March issue of Wing World, in the polybag you will receive your 2011-2012 Gold Book, as well as your free Passport Book.
The new Passport Program is meant to increase "Riding & Camaraderie within GWRRA" according to our Founder, Paul Hildebrand.
When you look at the Passport, you will see it has 64 pages. The instructions are on page 3; when you go to any GWRRA event, like Wing Ding, Trikes & Bikes Rally, Chapter gatherings, District rallies, Region rallies, seminars, etc., get them stamped or initialed in the places provided.
There is also a place on the inside page (3) for your name and relevant information including a picture, if you like.
The goal of the program is to have you go to as many GWRRA events, get your Passports stamped/initialed (one per event) and then, when the book is full, send it back to GWRRA to be eligible for some prizes.
GWRRA will have a website devoted to this Passport Program and you can see all the sponsors who supported the Program, as well as more information. Check it out at www.gwrra.org
We hope you enjoy your Passport and use it for its intended purpose, To Have Fun Riding and Meeting New & Old Friends at your GWRRA Events!
40 to Phoenix
Hello Everyone... Some of you may have already heard from me and then some of you have not. I'm Brian McCallum and I am the Coordinator for the 2nd Annual 40 to Phoenix, Coast to Coast International Ride... the name pretty much describes the ride, however, here is a little more information on what we have going on. On March 10, 2011, we are meeting in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, where NC-Q is hosting a dinner/send off at Carolina BBQ (great food). I had the pleasure of meeting Gene, the CD, along with several other great people over the weekend
. On March 11, 2011, (Friday) we will meet at the Town Hall in Wrightsville Beach and have a photo taken of ALL the riders that are heading to Phoenix, Arizona to tour the GWRRA Home Office. We will be stopping at the following locations, where we hope to have a local Chapter meet us upon arrival, and have a social gathering: Dandridge, Tennessee; Memphis, Tennessee; El Reno, Oklahoma; Albuquerque, New Mexico; then into Phoenix, where National and the local Chapter will welcome nearly 50 to 75, or more bikes. We will spend a day in Phoenix, then we head off to San Diego on the 17th. On the 18th we will ride down into Mexico along the coast and have breakfast at a 5-star resort, and travel down the coast to Ensenada and back, through the wine country. Attached is a flyer of the ride. We have our own link on GWRRA FaceBook. It is mentioned in the back for upcoming events, and our website address is http://40tophoenix.org/News.htm
. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me. I would love to hear from you. Thank you... Brian McCallum
|Home Office Reminders|
Split Payment Plan
GWRRA offers a Split Payment Plan. Simply stated, you can split the amount of your membership renewal into two payments, spread over two consecutive months.
The Split Payment Plan can be done over the phone with a credit card, or can be marked on the bottom of your renewal notice. (your renewal must be done with a credit card, and the split payment box must be checked)
It is great for any renewals, with or without Rescue Plus!
1 year Family membership with Rescue Plus $80.00 total; $40.00 paid on 12-1-10 and the remaining $40.00 will be automatically charged on the last business day of the following month.
3 year Individual membership $120.00 total; $60.00 paid on 12-15-10 and the remaining $60.00 will be automatically charged on the last business day of the following month.
So take advantage of GWRRA's Split Payment Plan and renew your membership today! Call Member Services at 800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500 (Phoenix).
Please note: You will not receive your membership cards or Rescue Plus cards until the final payment has been processed.
Updating your "Home Chapter"
In GWRRA we assign zip codes to Chapters based on the areas and Members associated within those areas. It is true that any Member can attend any Chapter, or belong to multiple Chapters. In our reporting system we have the capability to track only one home Chapter that you will be associated with, and you will only show up on that Chapter's reporting system.
Initially, we assign Chapters pertaining to the zip code in which you currently live. If you would like to be assigned to a different Chapter, you can call Member Services and request the change. There are a few reasons you may wish to change your "Home Chapter". For example, your primary residence may be in one state, but you want to belong to a Chapter in a different state that you have a secondary residence, or you visit multiple Chapters, but would like to be assigned to one specific Chapter.
Address changes can be a little trickier. If your address changes, your Chapter assignment will automatically change to reflect your new address unless you have given us a specific Chapter that you would like to belong. If that is the case, your Home Chapter will remain the same.
Recently we were allowing Chapter MEC's to change Member Chapter assignments. This was due to a Chapter of the Year recruiting and retention contest, which ended on November 1st, 2010. Members will now need to call and change their own Chapter assignment with our friendly Member Services Team at 800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500 (Phoenix).
There seems to be a bit of confusion with the Message Boards, so hopefully this information will be helpful.
The website is www.gwrrabbs.org
A pop-up box will come up when you get there stating:
User name is your GWRRA Membership number (zero's included).
Password is the numbers in your address and the expiration date of your membership (in most cases). (If you are Life Members, it will be your address and then the word life, ex. 1234life.)
Once you are in the Message Boards, if this is your first time, you need to go up to the right-hand corner and press "REGISTER". There you will fill out the information asked and create your own user name and password. Keep in mind, the user name you choose can't be changed and it is what everyone will see on the Boards when you are logged in, so choose carefully.
Once you have registered, you will receive an email with your information. Please save this for future reference.
You may be asked to login each time you go to the Board. The first set of logins will confirm your membership, the second logins will be what you created.
If you still have any questions on this process, please give us a call. It is easier to walk you through it over the phone.
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I want to thank all the Members who submitted the many articles I received in January to help make this issue so easy to put together. As you know, Wingin' It
is your newsletter and depends 90% on your information. So, thank you for all your submissions and assistance in making this publication so widely appreciated by our Members.
Just so you know, we get many calls and e-mails telling us how much our Members enjoy reading Wingin' It
each month. For those who have submitted articles and have not seen them yet, they may be scheduled for another month or may not match the specifications for this type of publication. We do have a specification sheet if anyone is interested, just write me here
In other news, GWRRA is preparing for a new event called the Trikes & Bikes Rally, the end of September, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. See the information below for all the details. We are also launching a brand new program called the Passport Program
. The Passport will be in your March Wing World
in the polybag. Again, read the details in the article below. GWRRA is really starting off 2011 with an emphasis on getting back to "riding and comaraderie."
We hope you will join us in this FUN
There is a new GWRRA Benefit Discount Program being offered from Liberty Mutual Auto & Home Insurance. Check out details below, as well.
Also, take a look at our home page at www.gwrra.org
for all the latest news, benefits and poll questions, so we can keep you totally informed on all the updates to your
Ride safe, (if you can, depending where you live :)
"Friends for FUN, Safety & Knowledge"
By Terri Kozlowski GA-D Chapter Director
ACTION vs. INACTION - Membership Retention
Spending time with your Gold Wing family is a great way to start the New Year. Those who are active in their home Chapter are happy GWRRA Members who are having a lot of FUN! Those GWRRA Members who are inactive are missing out on all the FUN.
Action is about living fully. Inaction is the way that we deny life. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
Inactivity is most often a choice made by the Member. Why are Members inactive? Sometimes they are present but grumbling about something. Give them the ability to act on the problem...ask them for a resolution...get them active in helping the situation. Sometimes, they were not asked to get involved and they are timid in a group setting... so ask for their help in a small way...this action helps overcome their fears that the group may not accept them. Sometimes, they are not even aware there is a Chapter for them to be active...how sad it is that we have not reached out to these Members to show them the FUN they are missing out on.
So...how do we help these inactive Members have FUN? The best way is to show them. To show them you need to know them...so you must greet them with a warm and sincere "hello" and a hug. That hug will do wonders for you, as well as that Member. Now that you have met one another, find out a little about the other and show them the kind of FUN you have at a gathering, ride, event, rally...whatever you find FUN, you need to share. Fun or action is a powerful antidote to the stagnation of inactivity. Being creatively alive by having FUN involves giving up inactivity. How many inactive people have you seen having FUN? The name of the game is FUN... and acting silly and having FUN will give any Member a whole new lease on being creatively alive and active in GWRRA.
"There are risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction." ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
If you find yourself asking, "Yes, but what can I do?" The answer is very, very simple. Anything is a lot more effective than nothing. Action puts us in control of the future of our Association and our Chapter. Nike says, "Just Do It!" Call that inactive Member and ask them to come to the next Chapter ride or event or gathering. Go across the room and hug that Member you haven't seen in a few months and let them know you are glad they are here. Be sure that everyone you see feels welcome and glad they came...YOU can do a lot!
"One person can make a difference and every person should try." ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
New GWRRA Event Scheduled
TRIKES & BIKES RALLY
September 30-October2, 2011
Bowling Green, KY
A new event has been announced by the former Trike Riders International (TRI) organization, which just merged with the GWRRA, and is called TRIKES & BIKES RALLY. This event has a rich history and has visited such great cities as Bardstown, Kentucky, and most recently, Branson, Missouri. This year it will be in Bowling Green, Kentucky, September 30-October 2, 2011.
As explained by the name, the event will expand to include all types of motorcycles, and trikes. The Trikes & Bikes Rally will be held at the Carroll Knicely Center, which has a beautiful convention center and many parking lots for a variety of trike and motorcycle rider education and skill courses. This venue will host both indoor and outdoor vendors, rides, food, entertainment, prizes, tours, as well as some local flavor like the Corvette Museum and the Corvette assembly plant.
Bowling Green has some of the best riding, nicest hotels and restaurants, and is close to Mammoth National Park and many sightseeing locations. Make sure you register for this event early, as we are giving free pins to the first 250 people who register.
We want to welcome all former TRI Members to this event and let you know that this event is due to the legacy that you created. We invite all trike owners, regardless of your affiliation, as well as all motorcyclists to the TRIKES & BIKES RALLY in Bowling Green, Kentucky!
Sign up online at www.gwrra.org/trikesandbikes or call us at
1-800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500 in Phoenix.
When to Really Wear a Helmet!
Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
I used to work in the oil industry for one of the major oil field service companies, Schlumberger (Schlum - brr - jay). As a field sales person, I used to have a company car, but eventually the company gave us a mileage (kilometerage?) allowance and took away our cars. Being as I was based in Calgary, Alberta, at the time and needed to go to Regina, Saskatchewan, then on to Estevan, Saskatchewan on a sales trip, and being as it was late summer, I decided to use our 1985 1200 Aspencade with its cargo trailer to carry my sales material. Being as this trip was in excess of 2000 kilometers, and being as the return trip would most likely be on a weekend, my wife came along as a co-rider. As you will see, this decision was pivotal for my safety!
We travelled along the Trans-Canada Highway east through Medicine Hat, Alberta, then over the border into Saskatchewan. Both I and my wife had been observing a hawk nest since spring, just east of the Alberta - Saskatchewan border. This nest was right next to the Trans-Canada, down a steep slope (they do exist in the flat land of Saskatchewan!) in an old Poplar tree. The interior of the nest was easily seen from the highway. In the spring, we had seen the fuzzball chicks, and we had watched them grow up as the summer progressed and as we passed by. As we went by on the Wing, we could see that the "chicks" were ready to fledge, but still there. We could see that the "chicks" were alone and bigger. No Mama to be seen.
We stopped, I removed my full face helmet, and took out my trusty Pentax to take a few shots.
I went down the slope (forgot my big zoom - mistake; not to be forgotten again, as you will see) to the base of the tree. I could still get a good shot of the chicks back up in the tree. My wife, Anne, stayed up on the highway (turns out she was very smart!). The best angle was with my back to the road. I began focusing the medium zoom and was ready to push the button when my wife screamed, "Incoming!!" I turned around and all I could see was beak and claws. Mama hawk! Attacking me from the air!
I hit the ground without thinking and mama hawk barely swooped over me. Now I am relatively bald, and if she had hit my face square on, I could just imagine what she would have done! I picked myself up, and seeing mama fly off, I regained my composure (wife laughing by now from the highway!), and set about refocusing to get the shot. Suddenly, my wife yelled "Incoming!!!" again. Again all I saw was beak and claws - but this time I felt the breeze over my back when I hit the ground. Mama then went and perched on an old fence post and swore at me in her screaming voice. I quickly got the shots and went back to the Wing.
Anne was busting a gut laughing, when I got back on the highway. She noted that she had been debating whether to yell or just let the hawk hit me so she could get some terrific shots! (We're still married!). We got on the Wing and went on, but were talking to each other through the communicators about helmets and how they would have helped. As our helmets are full face, it would have been difficult to take the shot with my single lens reflex Pentax. That being said, I can offer the following advice for others:
1): do not be so stupid as to get too close to a hawk's nest, especially if you do not know where the parents are!
2): take a long-range zoom with you so you do not have to do #1!
3): if you insist on doing something this stupid, perhaps you should consider a helmet which is not full face (but you better wear other body armour as well!).
4): if you must do #1, make sure you have a partner standing as lookout.
And forgive that partner for seeing this as a joke if all this happens!
|Being a First Responder
by Larry Cowan
Assistant District Director, Oklahoma
Former Chapter Director, OK-B
December 28, 2010 started as just another day to go for a ride. Our plan was to make four of the courthouses on the courthouse tour. We left Shawnee, went to Stillwater, Newkirk, Pawhuska and Tulsa. We made all four stops and had started back towards Shawnee and had talked about stopping at the Delta in Shawnee for dinner. I had been riding lead with Bill and Susan riding drag all day. We were southbound on Hwy 75 in Henrietta almost to the I-40 west entrance ramp. There are two stop lights very close together right there, the first one was green, but the second one had turned red. We had slowed to 20 or 25 mph and at the red light, I came to a stop. I have a habit of looking in my rear view when I come to a stop and without even thinking about it I looked in my rear view to see Bill still coming and it did not look like he was stopping. I keyed the CB and called to him, but it was too late for him to be able to stop. The left side of their trike skinned the right side of my bike as they went by and slammed into the stopped vehicle in front of us.
At this point, I became something no one wants to be; I was the first responder to an accident where friends of mine were on the ground and not moving. This is when you find out if the classes you gave your afternoon to, or in some cases the whole day to, at the last rally were really worth your time.
I got on my knees and face shield to face shield asked each one of them if they were all right. What a stupid question, when you are on the ground unable to move after an accident, how can you be "all right"? Susan responded with what seemed to be normal answers; Bill said he could not breathe. By now people were starting to gather around and one of the people there offered to help Bill remove his helmet, so he could breathe. Without even thinking about it, I ordered this person to leave the helmet alone. I then unzipped Bill's coat and what seemed like 15 more layers under that just a few inches, which gave him plenty of breathing room.
Talking to them and telling them to try not to move and a couple of times yelling at them to stay awake gave me something to do while looking and finding no sign of deformed limbs or blood. Within a few minutes the ambulance arrived and took over treatment and started getting them on the ambulance. At this point again, without thinking I went to the trike and started looking through the trunk, where I found the emergency information capsule for both of them and gave the information sheets and Susan's purse to the EMT's to take with them as they transported Bill and Susan to the hospital.
The ambulance left the scene. Now I was left with the police to give information to the tow truck driver and police about who the ambulance had just carried away. After that I went to the hospital to check on their condition.
That night after I got home, and the next day, I started to think about what had happened. Things that went right were that Bill and Susan both were wearing good quality helmets. Also, judging by the scuffs on the helmets and the head shaped dent in the back to the vehicle compared to the lack of scuffs and dents on their heads, I would say they got their monies worth out of that pair of helmets. Both were wearing armored riding pants and jackets, boots and gloves. Here I looked at the scratches on the knees of Bill's riding pants and can only guess that those scratches are the reason that the jagged edges of the trikes windshield did not remove skin as Bill went through it. There is something to the idea of "All The Gear All The Time." While riding I can always count on Bill to maintain a proper distance and stagger with respect to whoever is in front of him. Had he not been in the right track he would have run right over the top of me in the left track and I, after looking at the trike, really do not think I would have survived that kind of impact in the back.
Things that could have gone better:
The top of that list has to be the accident not happening, but that is the past and cannot be changed, so let that go. The guy that wanted to help remove Bill's helmet was only trying to help and did not know any reason to leave the helmet in place. The person in the hospital that offered to help Susan remove hers before the Doctor had said it was safe to do so, should have known better. No one on the scene even looked for the emergency information capsules and had I not retrieved them from the trunk and given them to the EMT, both would have gone to the hospital without that information. I learned that no one at the scene had any idea how to open the trunk, so even if someone had looked they would not have found the information. For some reason, I could not remember what pocket my cell phone was in, but one of the bystanders made the 911 call for me, and with everything else happening so fast, I forgot to take any pictures at the scene.
Hindsight being 20/20, I am thankful for the training that I received from GWRRA and saw how it made a big difference in my ability to just act rather than try to think of what to do and in what order to do it. But I hope I never have to be the first responder for a friend again and I hope none of you ever have to either. Having said that, I would say take the classes, put the emergency information capsule on your ride, wear the gear, ride in the stagger where you should be, basically do as many things right as you can, so that when something does go wrong, you minimize the effect of whatever went wrong.
Member Travel Story:
by Mikel & Belinda Murray
Rising Sun, IN
"Murray Family vacation with their Honda 1500 Trike and 1500 Sidecar"
I took a taxi about 5 miles and rented us a car. No way are we driving cycles into New York City. I picked up Belinda, Erica and Tyson and we headed to Liberty State Park to catch a boat to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The Statue was the main thing that Erica wanted to see. Ellis Island is full of history and very educational for adults and kids. It shows the true way that people needed to enter this country, but that is another story. We did get to go up into the pedistal of the statue which is a good climb just to get to the base of the actual statue. You can now go up into the crown again but it was booked up into September. After spending the afternoon enjoying both these places, we got in the car and headed to Ground Zero. It was very comical trying to get through the Holland Tunnel watching cars squeeze and pass and a little bit of everything to try and gain on the other drivers. We did not stop at Ground Zero, but went around the southern tip of Manhattan and then across the Brooklyn bridge. We found our way to Micah's apartment and surprised him and Lin. Lin fixed us a nice supper before we tried to find our way out of the city and back to our motel. I hope Erica is happy because I really did not want to travel into the city.
Today we drove west and went to Valley Forge for a lot of the day. Erica and Tyson worked and got their Junior Ranger badges just like they had done at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. After this we headed on toward Gettysburg but the rain made us stop and we found a Cracker Barrel to have supper. This was the first we had found in 2 weeks. We spent the night in York, Pennsylvania.
Up early and we are off to visit Gettysburg Battlefield area. We had to stop before we made it to a Wal-Mart to get some brake fluid to fill my clutch reservoir. It was a short stop and then on to the battlefield. The kids got their ranger workbook and we went and saw a movie that described what happened at the battlefields and how the 3-day battle went. After the movie we went to the Cyclorama. Here you are in a room with a 360-degree picture and you feel like you are on a hill watching the battle. They light up different things and the cannons go off and guns fire as if you are really there. We then went to a ranger talk and then onto a bus for a 2-hour tour around the battlefields. The guide did an excellent job of telling you where the troops were each day and how the battles went each day and why. The tour was well worth the money and time. After our visit here we headed to Hagerstown, Maryland for the night and a meal at Cracker Barrel.
Today we are traveling south to pick up US 50 and a leisurely ride over to Parkersburg, West Virginia.
US 50 in West Virginia is very windy and up and down hills but is a beautiful section of road.
Today is another travel along highway 32 in Ohio. This rode had very little traffic and was a nice ride. We made it back home about 5:00 pm and the end to another nice vacation by cycle.
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